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Many thanks for your patience. The 14-day quarantine, even though a legal requirement at the moment, still has to be approved as absence from work. That is why many people would have been out off from travelling abroad as they would basically have to take 3 weeks of holidays – 1 week for a holiday and then 2 weeks for quarantine. If the quarantine period was not officially approved as absence by the employer, then it will be unauthorised absence from work and can lead to disciplinary action and even dismissal.
The best defence you would have had is if the rules for quarantine were introduced after you had already left the country and you could not have reasonably been expected to be able to pre-arrange this absence before you left. However, if you knew of the quarantine rules before leaving, then there is no real excuse and your best option then is to apologise to the employer, express remorse about your actions and perhaps try and say that the new rules have been quite confusing sometimes and you simply did not appreciate you would have to book the time off officially.
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